Jersey judge who told woman to ‘close her legs’ to avoid sexual assault removed from bench

A New Jersey judge who told a woman to “close her legs” to avoid sexual assault has been canned.

It wasn’t just the individual actions of state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr. that got him removed from the bench. It was the pattern those actions demonstrated, the New Jersey Supreme Court found.

But the most telling incident was regarding a woman attempting to obtain a restraining order, alleging that her 5-year-old daughter’s father had threatened to kill her, sexually assaulted her and promised to burn down her house, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Then the judge lobbed his question.

“Do you know how to stop somebody from having intercourse with you?” he asked, according to the Associated Press. “Close your legs? Call the police? Did you do any of those things?”

Afterward he joked about the exchange to staffers, saying that the woman, who happened to be a former exotic dancer, “would know how to fend off unwanted sexual” advances, reported

He ended up dismissing the woman’s attempt to get the order, as well, saying she was not credible, the Asbury Park Press said.

Source: MSN

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